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The Architecture and Impact of the School Boards in Glasgow

The Architecture and Impact of the School Boards in Glasgow Sarah L. Hamilton The rapid programme of school building undertaken across Glasgow by the School Boards (1873–1919) left the city with a rich legacy of architecture designed by the top architects of the day. This was in contrast to most other UK cities whose Board schools were designed by a single, directly employed architect. Most analysis of the Glasgow Boards’ output has tended to focus on individual schools in isolation, primarily (and with good reason) Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Martyrs’ and Scotland Street Schools. However, this approach overlooks the context within which the Board Schools were designed, built and operated. This paper aims to redress the balance, by providing an overview of the creation of the School Boards, the commissioning of architects, development of school design and the educational and social impact of the Boards, with a view to highlighting the importance of what remains of Glasgow’s often neglected School Board heritage today. E d u c at i o n i n G l a s g ow i n t h e P r e - S c h o o l B oa r d E r a The Education (Scotland) Act of 1872 was the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

The Architecture and Impact of the School Boards in Glasgow

Architectural Heritage , Volume 22 (1): 115 – Nov 1, 2011

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Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, 2011
Subject
Historical Studies
ISSN
1350-7524
eISSN
1755-1641
DOI
10.3366/arch.2011.0021
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Sarah L. Hamilton The rapid programme of school building undertaken across Glasgow by the School Boards (1873–1919) left the city with a rich legacy of architecture designed by the top architects of the day. This was in contrast to most other UK cities whose Board schools were designed by a single, directly employed architect. Most analysis of the Glasgow Boards’ output has tended to focus on individual schools in isolation, primarily (and with good reason) Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Martyrs’ and Scotland Street Schools. However, this approach overlooks the context within which the Board Schools were designed, built and operated. This paper aims to redress the balance, by providing an overview of the creation of the School Boards, the commissioning of architects, development of school design and the educational and social impact of the Boards, with a view to highlighting the importance of what remains of Glasgow’s often neglected School Board heritage today. E d u c at i o n i n G l a s g ow i n t h e P r e - S c h o o l B oa r d E r a The Education (Scotland) Act of 1872 was the

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2011

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